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Sister Summit Legacy Awards Honors Lowcountry Women of Color May 12
5/3/2017 3:07:03 PM

On May 12, the Sister Summit Foundation will present the Legacy Awards at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site (1500 Old Towne Road). The only event of its kind in the Lowcountry, this prestigious awards ceremony was established to recognize the hard work, selflessness and unwavering commitment of some of the most dynamic women of color in our community.

“Women of color brilliantly serve this community and the current cultural climate makes it the perfect time to recognize them and celebrate their work in the Lowcountry. Young women and girls need to know there are women around them who are doing great things and that their future can be just as bright,” said Deona Smith, founder and executive director of the Sister Summit Foundation.

This year’s honorees will be recognized in the following categories:
Hon. Lucille Whipper, (Lifetime Achievement), Terry Seabrook of the Space Company (Business), F. Renee Gaters of the F. Renee Gaters Law Firm (Philanthropy), Nanette French Smalls of The Charleston Chronicle (Media), vocalist Ann Caldwell (The Arts), Dr. Lou Robinson of Trident Technical College (Education), Dr. Deanna Cheek of Palmetto Kidney and Hypertension (Medicine) and Dot Scott of the NAACP (Social Justice).

The Legacy Awards, presented by Blue Choice Health Plan Medicaid, will support the Sister Summit Foundation in providing a variety of programs for women and girls in Charleston metropolitan areas, as well as the often neglected rural communities where resources are scarce.

"This event is vital to maintaining and expanding our programs,” says Smith. “We meet with local women and girls each month to educate, inspire, and uplift them.” 
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the private courtyard followed by dinner and the awards ceremony in the great hall. The event will also feature an open bar, dinner, dessert and dancing featuring Quiana Parler and friends. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (843) 793-8684. Sponsorship opportunities, table reservations and advertising in the souvenir book are also available.

The Legacy Awards is also sponsored by The InterTech Group, Medical University of South Carolina PICO, Rick Hendrick Automotive Group, Ascue’s Auto Body & Paint Shop, Cumulus Broadcasting and WCBD News 2.

For more information about The Sister Summit Foundation, visit

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